Protect Trans Youth

Forever fearful of the sanctity of his home, Trump is super into toilets. On February 22 Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the administration’s plans regarding “transgender bathrooms in schools.” You can read the press briefing here, but Spencer concluded his answer with, “I’ve made this clear and the President has made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in states’ rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level.” Not surprisingly, this in opposition to what the administration Obama was saying last May, “Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status. The guidance makes clear that both federal agencies treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX.” Those opposed to these guideline’s revocations have made a call to ‘Protect Trans Youth’.

Even more recently, in Texas, a transgender boy wins the girls state wrestling title after being denied the ability to compete in the boys state championships. A Toronto Star article reports, “Beggs fell to his knees for a moment after the win as a mixture of cheers and boos rained down on him. He then hugged his coach and left the mat.” Of course Mack Beggs should have been allowed to compete with the boys. But there are those claiming he is taking testosterone in order to cheat (Eye. Roll.)

Some Canadians like to point and laugh at the U.S. claiming we do not harbour such bigotry here, they’re wrong of course. Right now Bill C-16, and act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code by adding gender identity and fender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination, stands stalled in the Senate. The wait music are the hateful words of people like University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson and Conservative politician Pierre Lemieux. Tune their bigotry out with the typing of your keyboard and write to these Senators to discuss Bill C-16 on Gender Identity and Expression.

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In a society where protests are held when hearing school curriculums will use the word ‘vagina’ instead of ‘flower’, I fear as a mother of a daughter ,next generations won’t know what to do in cases of sexual assault; like so many of us don’t today. People I speak to outside of the activist scene, people who have never picked up the works of feminist academics, are shocked when I tell them how my friend Mandi Gray has been treated throughout the judicial process. What the majority of these people knew of rape cases was the misogynistic victim blaming surrounding the Ghomeshi trial.

Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial will help young women and girls find a relatable narrative, a common one that is uncommonly spoken about. It will offer guidance, solace, and an articulation of complicated feelings and complicated processes. It will let the general public know how outdated our institutions are in how they handle these cases, and how dangerous it is to not change these things. It will let people of all backgrounds and power know how to help. This film lets the voices that are systematically silenced be heard; something that I feel is of an extreme importance but is rarely prioritized.

Once this film is completed, there will be screenings, and accompanying educational materials. Additionally, it is hoped that it can be put on YouTube so people can access it for free. Slut or Nut‘s Indiegogo page will be up for the next two days, and is just over $1300 away from its goal. Please visit this page, watch the videos, read the info, and donate if you can!

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